A lot of my friends (at Baylor and elsewhere) complain about the same problem. Rentals aren't too cheap either, and few students are willing to wait out the first week of classes to see if they actually need them (or few should be - I'm looking at us, Business Majors).
Anyways, I wasn't planning on sharing some of this information because it would directly take from Baylor's Bookstore revenue. I'm completely over that moral debacle now, so now you receive...
1. Get Talking.
You know what's more annoying? Dropping an extra $80 on a freakin' workbook and then finding out your sophomore friend was trying to sell it online (not saying I've experienced this, but...you know...).
Some universities have official trading sites for students to swap books with minimal charge. Baylor does not - we have a Textbook Exchange page, and Craigslist. Good 'ol Craigslist.
Though most of you will likely start using the resource I'll cite below, this tip is important to consider for a few reasons:
- If you're in a traditional major, often an older student with the same required classes will have all those books. Talk to them and see if you can buy the whole bundle - saving both of you time in gathering up separate pieces.
- If you handle it in advance (such as the semester before), you can handle it without any shipping costs. Score.
- You're supporting a Baylor Bear. And not the Baylor Bookstore.
So try trading with a friendly neighbor. Talk on Facebook or ask your advisor for names of students farther along in your degree program. I'm sure they'd be happy to help.
True, true. But you might be really excited to find out that there's more...
BigWords is a textbook search engine conglomerate that constructs a list of the ISBN's or title selection of any given student's account. Then it cross-references the following:
- Online pricing
- Online rentals
- Bulk Purchase Discounts
- Bulk Shipping Discounts
- Seasonal Promotions
- Retail and Resale Value
Then it selects the books' best combination of purchases from any collection of stores and then gives you the links to instantly purchase them with those discounted prices.
Long-story short, it has been shown to save approximately 65% of what users spend at the Baylor Bookstore and 35% of what they would save by using Amazon.
A friend of mine just sent me a text today showing me his story:
Well, actually if you DO want to thank me, one way to help would be to Share my work with friends who would actually LIKE it. You can also Subscribe by liking my page.
The Money-saving spectacular
- Take a screen cap with your savings from using BigWords.Com
- Tweet or Instagram the image @BoyMeetsBaylor
- Show me how much you saved!
That's all - I enjoy having y'all here. Let me know what I should continue writing about!
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Nathan is a Junior Business Fellow at Baylor studying Economics, Educational Psychology, and History. He loves making friends with students who wish to explore Baylor and make it their home.
Readers are encouraged to send him a message @boymeetsbaylor or via email, whether it's to chat, hang out, or talk about upcoming posts. Sic 'em.